South Bay by Jackie Weekend Guide

April 18, 2019

We have Earth Day, the start of Passover, and Easter happening this week, so there’s a considerable number of events taking place over the next few days. It’s also spring break for several local school districts, with many families heading out of town for vacation. One of the best things about spring break is the lull in traffic… you can get almost anywhere in a reasonable amount of time! It also offers the opportunity to make a reservation at that popular, new restaurant you’ve been wanting to try, or gain access to cultural institutions that normally have long wait times, or nab tickets to theater shows that are usually sold out. Take advantage of these opportunities while you can because the calendar is only going to get more crowded as we get closer to the summer season!

There are all sorts of Easter Activities planned throughout the South Bay. We put together a schedule of events organized by city. You can view it at

If you’re reading this really early, you can still make it…. The Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce presents the State of the State today, Thursday, April 18 at 8 a.m. at Sunrider International. The event features State Senators Ben Allen (26th District) and Steven Bradford (35th District) with Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi (66th District). Tickets are $40 for TACC Members and $60 for non-members. For additional information and ticket purchase, visit the website at Sunrider International is located at 1625 Abalone Avenue, Torrance, CA 90501.

The Palos Verdes Art Center / Beverly G. Alpay Center for Arts Education invites the community to Meet Douglas Kirkland today, Thursday, April 18 at 11 a.m. This special event is in conjunction with Douglas Kirkland, an exhibition of works by Hollywood’s legendary photographer. The legendary Hollywood photographer will tell the stories behind his iconic photos during an informal tour of the exhibition by the maestro himself. The exhibition includes over 60 photographs spanning Kirkland’s career – many presented in heroic scale, including an array of photos that cover the exterior facade of the Art Center. Admission is FREE. For additional information, visit the website at The Palos Verdes Art Center is located at 5504 West Crestridge Road, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275.

Social Workplace hosts the monthly Social Hour tonight, Thursday, April 18 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Come by for a sip and a nibble, hang out with friends and get social at Social Workplace! Know anyone who might need a workplace or meeting space? Bring a friend! Tickets are $10 and you must register to attend. For additional information and registration, visit the website at Social Workplace is located at 2315 Lomita Blvd, Lomita, CA 90717. Parking is first-come, first-served. Parking is also available on surrounding streets. Uber, Lyft and ride sharing encouraged.

Head to Manhattan Beach for the first After Work Mixer at the MBS Media Campus on the Manhattan Beach Studios sound stage tonight, Thursday, April 18 to 5:30 to 8 p.m. It will be a relaxing meet and greet on the MBS Media Campus. Come by after 5:30 p.m. and expand your network in a highly unique environment. It’s on the movie lot, so you need to RSVP so they can provide your name to security. For additional information and to RSVP, visit the website at Manhattan Beach Studios is located on the MBS Media Campus at 1600 Rosecrans Avenue in Manhattan Beach.

This is the perfect impetus to kick off spring cleaning…. Kinecta Federal Credit Union continues the 2019 Professional Clothing Drive through Friday, April 19. Kinecta will be collecting gently worn or new professional clothing, shoes and accessories for men and women who are overcoming difficult challenges, entering the workforce after military service, or transitioning to a new job. Kinecta Federal Credit Union’s Professional Clothing Drive will support Working Wardrobes and The Unity Shoppe’s programs. Working Wardrobes has changed the lives of nearly 100,000 men, women, veterans, and young adults by providing them career training, job placement assistance and professional wardrobe services so they can confidently enter the workforce and achieve self-sufficiency. Unity Shoppe operates a year-round free grocery and clothing store so people can shop with dignity for their basic needs. How to Donate:
-From April 5 to April 19, bring new or gently used men’s and women’s business clothing, shoes and accessories to any Kinecta Federal Credit Union branch. For branch locations, and clothing drive hours, please visit
-White-collar and blue-collar business clothing, shoes and accessories such as purses ties, belts and jewelry accepted
-All sizes accepted; plus-sizes are especially needed
-Items must be clean and without tears, missing buttons or stains
-Tax receipts will be available

The El Segundo Rotary Club presents the annual Mayor’s Good Friday Breakfast on Friday, April 19 at 7 a.m. at the Automobile Driving Museum. The event features guest speaker and best-selling author, Jeff Barnes. 100% of the proceeds benefit the El Segundo Education Foundation and the El Segundo Teen Center. Tickets are $35 per person or a table of 10 for $400. For additional information and ticket purchase, contact Gilda Dyckman at or visit the website at The Automobile Driving Museum is located at 610 Lairport Street, El Segundo, CA.

The City of Gardena Recreation Department presents Friday Night Gourmet Chef Fest on Friday, April 19 from 4 to 10 p.m. at Rowley Park. This FOODtastic event showcases the culinary skills of chefs from local food trucks and Instagram. Instagram Chefs include Smokin’ Pot, Bleu Kitchen, Grilled Fraiche, Nays Tacos and more. Admission is free and food can be purchased from the vendors. For additional information, visit the Facebook event page at Rowley Park is located at 13220 South Van Ness Avenue, Gardena, CA 90249.

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The City of Gardena Recreation Department presents the annual Spring Carnival Friday, April 19 through Sunday, April 21 at Mas Fukai Park. The event features rides, games, food and entertainment. Wristbands for unlimited rides (different band per day) will be available for purchase at the Nakaoka Community Center beginning on Monday, April 1. Hours are: Friday 5 – 11 p.m. Saturday 2 – 11 p.m. Sunday 2 – 11 p.m. For additional information, call 310-217-9537 or visit the Facebook event page at Mas Fukai Park is located at 15800 Brighton Avenue, Gardena, CA 90247.

The City of Torrance is hosting an Earth Day Recycling Event on Saturday, April 20 from 8 a.m. to noon at the Torrance City Hall Employee Parking Lot. This event is for Torrance residents only and includes free paper shredding and electronic recycling. There is a limit of eight boxes or bags for paper shredding per vehicle. Books, magazines and binders will not be accepted. Electronics being accepted include TVs, monitors, small appliances, cell phones and other items for safe and responsible recycling. Please do not bring any hazardous materials to this event. For additional information, call (310) 781-6900 or visit the website at Torrance City Hall Employee Parking Lot is located near the Torrance Courthouse off Maple Avenue.

Terranea Resort is excited to announce its annual Earth Day Celebration on Saturday, April 20. These are family-friendly events in which attendees will learn ways to help the environment and have fun while doing so.
Educational Green Wall | 9AM – 1PM | pointe discovery
•Storybook reading – literature will be borrowed from a public library to encourage a more sustainable alternative to purchasing.
•Landfill Diversion Game – 3 colored and labelled bins (compost – green, recycling – blue, landfill – black) with laminated cards of different products/items (pictures in front and fun facts on the back) participants can determine where it goes by “sticking” cards with Velcro back on the trash can, associates can provide thorough answers and explain the importance of recycling, reducing waste that goes into the landfill, composting food, etc.
•Vermicomposting station – attendees will be able to see the 3 stages of this process, which is created through combining organic coffee grounds, worms, and vegetables.
DIY Seed Bomb Station | 9AM – 1PM pointe discovery | $5 suggested donation to Palos Verdes School Gardens
•Make your own herb, flower and vegetable seed bombs to take home and plant your own warm season garden! All ages are welcome! Walk ups are encouraged and welcomed. No reservations necessary.
Planting Station | 9AM – 1PM pointe discovery | $5 donation to Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy
•Guests and locals can plant native wildflower seeds to take home and grow courtesy of Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy. All ages are welcome! Walk ups are encouraged and welcomed. No reservations necessary.
Guided Nature Walk | 10AM – 10:45AM | meet in the lobby
•Join one of Terranea’s naturalists for a complimentary guided walk along the nature trails. Guests can learn about the Palos Verdes Peninsula’s unique local marine ecosystem and Terranea’s year-round conservation efforts. Open to hotel guest and locals, this walk is offered daily and meets in the main lobby. No reservations necessary.
Kelp Forest Cleanup Kayak Tour | 10AM – 12PM & 1PM-3PM | Experience Center | $80
•Take part in a coastal kayak tour and clean up trash along the way. Help beautify the kelp forest! Open to hotel guest and locals, advance reservations are required.
Beach Frames Art Project | 10AM – 2PM | Nelson’s Lawn| $10
•Come join Art To Grow On Inc. and create your very own beach frame! Seashells, stones, sands and more make this an awesome way to honor our oceans and planet. All ages are welcome! Walk ups are encouraged and welcomed. No reservations necessary.
Suzy Blue Butterfly Cookie Decorating | 11AM – 1PM | sea beans | $4
•Head to sea beans to decorate your very own Suzy Blue butterfly cookie. Guests will be able to indulge their sweet tooth while learning about the blue butterfly. No reservations necessary.
For additional information, visit the website at Terranea Resort is located at 100 Terranea Way, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275.

In honor of Earth Day, Kinecta Federal Credit Union will host a FREE Shredfest on Saturday, April 20 from 9 a.m. to noon. During Shred Fest, clean paper waste of all kinds is accepted for secure recycling. Accepted items include but not limited to: financial, legal documents, statements, receipts, tax and medical records, envelopes with plastic window, etc. (paper with staples or paper clips are acceptable). As part of the event, the community will also be invited to contribute a $1 donation fee for every box of paper-recyclables and Kinecta Federal Credit Union will match each $1 donation up to $500 with proceeds benefitting local organizations. This is a first-come, first serve event and items will only be accepted in designated areas during the event time frame. It’s good for the community and good for the planet! For additional information, visit the website at Kinecta Federal Credit Union is located at 1440 Rosecrans Avenue, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266.

The City of Torrance Park Services Division and Friends of Madrona Marsh present the Madrona Marsh Extravaganza on Saturday, April 20 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Madrona Marsh Nature Center & Preserve. The special event celebrates the beauty of Madrona Marsh in the spring! Several guided nature scavenger hunts will be offered, providing families with an opportunity to explore the plants and animals in their natural environment. Other activities will include nature inspired story-telling, a live animal interactive booth, arts and crafts, and a microscope station. Tours of the Nature Center’s newly installed inter-active exhibits will be offered as well. All are welcome to participate in this unique experience where the wonders of nature can be explored and enjoyed by all ages. The cost is $5 per person or $10 per family. For additional information, call 310-782-3989 or visit the website at The Madrona Marsh Nature Center & Preserve is located at 3201 Plaza Del Amo in Torrance.

The Western Museum of Flight presents the Celebrity Lecture Series: A Rain of Fighter Planes – The P-40 Tomahawks of the 57th Pursuit Group with guest speaker, G. Pat Macha on Saturday, April 20 at 11 a.m. In exigencies of WWII, commanders found it necessary to take risks with their aircraft and with their pilots they would never take during peace time, but they had to be prepared immediately to go into combat. As a result, many were lost in the accelerated training that was necessary to push as many pilots as possible to the front. But those who survived went on to prove themselves to be the terror of the nations who had dared to threaten the United States. Learn what is known about the airmen that went missing during this era as told to Mr. Macha by some of those who survived it. Admission is free for museum members and $10 for non-members. For additional information, visit the website at The Western Museum of Flight is located at Torrance Airport, 3315 Airport Drive, Red Baron #3, Torrance, CA 90505.

Celebrate Earth Day at the Kids & Kites event on Saturday, April 20 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Ken Malloy Harbor Regional Park. Come out and enjoy the wonderful world of nature with NBC4 Meteorologist, Anthony Yanez. The event features a mobile aquarium, arts and crafts, games, vendors, face painting and food trucks. Scheduled events include a kite making workshop, composting and more. The first 250 kids will get a FREE kit. Be sure to register for the chalk art contest! For additional information and registration, contact Ken Malloy Harbor Regional Park is located at 25820 South Vermont Avenue, Harbor City, CA 90710.

Smokin’ Smitty & The Masters of Music will be playing at The Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach on Saturday, April 20! The music starts at 9 p.m. Be sure to wear your dancin’ shoes because this band will have you on your feet all night! For additional information, visit the Facebook page at The Lighthouse is located at 30 Pier Avenue in Hermosa Beach.

SK8 for the Schools will take place on Monday, April 22 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Hermosa Beach Skate Park. Cheer on Hermosa residents Julian Kuhr, Coral and Kai Coye and Brady Zimmerman as they skateboard to raise money for HVPTO. Donors can pledge to contribute to each trick, turn, drop in, and lap they do around the skate park. Special appearance by Derek Chapin, local skate pro with PCH Skate and Spyder boards who will be performing some rad tricks at the park. Derek will also be available to work with beginners who want to learn how to skate. Plus there is special swag for each person that makes a donation! Sponsors include Spyder, Globe, Sugar Dayne, Lemonade, Hippy Tree, Sun Bum, Bo Bridges, Erin Condren and more! For additional information, visit the Facebook event page at The Skate Park is located at 710 Pier Avenue, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254.

The South Bay Women’s Conference hosts the monthly Let’s Connect Mixer at 1892 Bistro on Tuesday, April 23 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. These monthly mixers are held on the 4th Tuesday of each month at various locations around the South Bay to show support for local businesses. Come prepared to meet other like-minded and professional business women in a warm, easy-going and fun environment. Men are also welcome to attend these mixers! Light appetizers and beverages will be provided. Catch up with friends, meet new ones and learn more about the annual South Bay Women’s Conference and opportunities to volunteer or give back. Tickets are $5 for members and $15 for non-members. For additional information and ticket purchase, visit the website at 1892 Bistro is located at 1729 South Catalina Avenue, Redondo Beach, CA.

El Camp presents Group Chat: Live Podcast Taping & After Party on Tuesday, April 23 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Hosted by Chris “Drama” Pfaff, Dee Murthy and Anand Murthy, Group Chat is a show where friends – hilarious, opinionated friends who happen to be successful entrepreneurs, investors & operators – comment on all things business, culture, current events and whatever the hell else they want to talk about. From Kanye to Kavanaugh, IPOs to DUIs, no topic is off-limits…as long as hosts Chris “Drama” Pfaff, Dee Murthy and Anand Murthy have something to say about it. In a world of fake news, poor judgment, and overall bad decision-making, they’ll give you the facts…or at least, the facts as they see them. Doors open at 6:30 pm (arrive early to grab a drink and find your seat). The LIVE Podcast is from 7 to 8 p.m., followed by the After Party/Networking from 8 to 9:30 pm (beer, wine, craft cocktails and optional tours of El Camp). Tickets are $15. For additional information and ticket purchase, visit the Eventbrite page at El Camp Coworking Space is located at 2150 Park Place, #100, El Segundo, CA 90245.

The Torrance Historical Society is hosting the first annual Fun & Games Fundraiser on Wednesday, April 24 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Got game? The Torrance Historical Society does! How do you Scrabble? Any good at Monopoly? Do you have a poker face? Quick at Quiddler? The “buy-in” is a $5 donation, and all who attend will be entered into a drawing for an opportunity to win a gift certificate from Red Car Brewery, Tortilla Cantina or Torrance Bakery. This evening of fun and games is for adults only (18+). Snacks will be provided. No reservations are necessary, but seating is limited to first-come/first-served. For additional information, contact the Museum directly at 310.328.5392 or visit the website at Torrance Historical Society & Museum is located at 1345 Post Avenue, Torrance, CA 90501.

The Collings Foundation presents the Wings of Freedom Tour at Torrance Airport Thursday, April 25 through Sunday, April 28. This tour showcases fully restored bomber aircraft: a B-24 Liberator and B-17 Flying Fortress, B-25 Mitchell, TP-51D and P-40B. The public is invited to tour these World War II military planes or take to the skies for an unforgettable 30-minute flight experience. Admission for the tour is $15 for adults and $5 for children 12 years and younger. No reservations are needed for the tour. Flights aboard the B-17 and B-24 are $450 each per person. Flights on the B-25 Mitchell are $400 each. Guests are also invited to fly the greatest fighter on earth and get some ‘stick time’ in the world’s only full dual control TP-51D. Flight training is $2,400 for a half hour and $3,400 for one hour. There is also flight training offered in the P-40B for $2,200 a half hour and $3,200 for a full hour. There are only so many flights scheduled so make your reservations NOW! Call 978-562-9182 for flight reservations. For additional information, visit the website at Torrance Airport is located at 3315 Airport Drive in Torrance.

Las Candalistas presents the annual spring event California Dreamin’ on Thursday, April 25 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Catalina View Gardens. Guests will enjoy participating in a live panel of speakers that made their California dreams come true, including Nadine Nettmann, certified wine sommelier and mystery novelist. There will be plenty of shopping opportunities at Las Candalistas Creations, Gourmet Pantry and Garden Shop as well as many wonderful boutique vendors, awesome silent auction items and a chance to win an exciting experiential trip for two in California! Try out the Catalina View Wines or a refreshing local craft beer from the Strand Brewing Co. while you enjoy a delicious gourmet lunch by Chef Dora. The net proceeds will benefit Community’s Child, Trinity KidsCare Hospice and 1736 Family Crisis Center. Tickets are $75 and can be picked up at the entrance. In case of rain, your donation is much appreciated (sorry no refunds). Gates open at 10 a.m. and lunch will be served at noon. There is uneven ground in some areas, so please wear comfortable shoes. For additional information and ticket purchase, call 310-798-7499 or visit the website at Catalina View Gardens is located at 6001 Palos Verdes Drive South in Rancho Palos Verdes.

Here’s a HEADS-UP on a few events you’ll want to plan for now!

This event listing is current as of yesterday, but new events are posted EVERY DAY! Check the website for updates at for details on these and other events happening throughout the South Bay.

It was recently announced that the FREE Hermosa Beach Summer Concerts will continue! Yay! The Hermosa Beach City Council agreed to award a contract for production and management of the popular Hermosa Beach Summer Concerts to talent management and event production company 5B Artists + Media. To read all the details, visit

Cancer Support Community Redondo Beach (CSCRB) has put out a Call for Volunteers to help with the seventh annual Tour de Pier outdoor stationary cycling event taking place at the Manhattan Beach Pier on Sunday, May 19. Gather your colleagues and friends for a fun day in the sun! To help make a difference in your community and the lives of cancer patients, please sign up at Click on ‘Volunteer’ to select your shift. Volunteers are needed on Saturday, May 18 and Sunday, May 19. For more information, contact Kelly at or call (310) 376-3550. Proceeds from the Tour de Pier will benefit CSCRB, The Hirshberg Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research and The Uncle Kory Foundation for Brain Cancer. CSCRB celebrates more than 32 years of free support, education and hope for cancer patients and their families.

California’s first and longest running house raffle is back – the 2019 Palos Verdes Dream House Raffle! A Midcentury Modern Estate in Pasadena, CA – or $5,000,000 – is just a $150 raffle ticket away for the lucky winner of the 2019 Palos Verdes Dream House Raffle. The first and oldest house raffle licensed in California, proceeds help fund Palos Verdes Art Center’s exhibition, education, and outreach programs, making the visual arts available, accessible and affordable in Los Angeles County. Designed by acclaimed architects Thornton Ladd and John Kelsey in 1962 as a Modernist Roman Villa for Kelsey and his family, this three bedroom, three and a half bath residence wraps around a pool open to the sky and features floor to ceiling glass, a formal dining room paneled in bleached teak, terrazzo, and concrete slab floors, and a guest house with full bath and separate entrance sited on a woodsy, secluded property in Pasadena above the Annandale Golf Club. Tickets are $150 each, 3-packs $400, 5-packs $600. Ticket order forms, complete rules and further information about the raffle are available on the Art Center’s website, Tickets can be purchased at the Palos Verdes Art Center, or by calling 888-528-8805. Deadline to purchase tickets is April 26, 2019 @ Midnight (PDT). The Palos Verdes Art Center is located at 5504 Crestridge Road, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275.

The Palos Verdes Art Center has put out a Call for Artists for Now Trending, the annual Alpay Scholarship University Student Juried Exhibition taking place from June 8 through July 7. All current Southern California university art students are invited to mine the cultural landscape of Los Angeles for inspiration leading to the submission of dynamic new work to be showcased in PVAC’s annual Alpay Scholarship University Student Juried Exhibition, Now Trending.
·All media considered – new media encouraged
·No submission fee
·Up to three (3) submissions; please upload only one image for 2-Dimensional works or video; up to three images allowed for each 3-D work.
·Submission goals “the unexpected”
·Winning submission awarded $5000 scholarship
·Submission deadline has been extended to April 30, 2019
·Exhibition dates, June 8 – July 7, 2019
To apply, visit the website at

The El Segundo Art Walk is now accepting Artist & Business Submissions for this year’s Art Walk which will take place the third Thursdays of June, July and August. This fantastic event was the hottest ticket in the South Bay last year. Creative business spaces in El Segundo are paired with different artists and open their doors to the public to display the artwork. Last year, over thirty plus businesses participated including Sleepy Hollow Studios, South Bay Custom Motorcycles, Tyler’s Surfboards and Big Door Studios. Many businesses also treated attendees to sips, bites, live music, entertainment and performance art. If you are a local artist or El Segundo based business, you want to get in on this! Applications must be submitted by May 1. Those selected will be notified by May 25, 2019. For additional information and to download the application, visit the website at

South Bay teen musicians are invited to audition for the inaugural Stomping Grounds Festival on Saturday, May 11 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Joslyn Center. Local teen musicians should bring their own instruments, cymbals and amp – PA system, drums, mics and a sound engineer will be provided. There is a 15-minute time limit on each audition. For additional information and to sign up for an audition time slot, contact via email at The Stomping Grounds Festival will take place on July 20, 2019 and will feature a community art show to showcase local artistic talent and 8 teen bands will perform to showcase and promote their enormous talent. The 2019 Stomping Grounds festival has been established with one purpose in mind – to provide a positive, creative and professional environment for youth to express and develop their musical and artistic talents. This is a free event for everyone who wants to attend and family and friends are encouraged to spend the day rocking out to some great music from local teen bands.

This morning on The South Bay Show: South Bay Spotlight, we’ll be re-airing a previously recorded show with guest Gregory Allen. Greg has served at the Redondo Beach Fire Department for 20 years and currently works as a Firefighter Paramedic. He is also the President of the Redondo Beach Firefighters Association Local 2787. We discussed the possibility of the City of Redondo Beach contracting services with Los Angeles County Fire Department, the reasons to consider it, and the pros and cons. Don’t worry, if you missed the program, you can listen to it anytime at Tune in every Thursday at 8 a.m. to keep up with what’s going down throughout in the South Bay!

Tomorrow morning on The South Bay Show: Manhattan Beach Chamber 360, we’ll be re-airing a previously recorded show with guests Jan Fleming and Sandy Savaiano from the Neptunian Women’s Club. We discussed the nearly completed, extensive renovation of the Neptunian Clubhouse and the Welcome Back Beach Bash fundraiser taking place on Saturday, May 11. Listen to the podcast at 8 a.m. or anytime at Tune in every Friday morning and discover what’s happening in Manhattan Beach!

Happy Easter! Happy Passover! Have a fabulous South Bay weekend!